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Caeleb Dressel defends his 50-yard title in record style at the NCAA's

The Florida Gator from Green Cove Springs swam in the final in 17.63 seconds

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MINNEAPOLIS, Mn. – Another year, another title.  Another race, another record.

Setting records and winning championships are becoming a yearly tradition for Florida Gator swimmer Caeleb Dressel as he defended his 50-yard freestyle championship for the fourth time in the NCAA championships Thursday night.

Dressel, a graduate of Clay High School in Green Cove Springs broke his own NCAA record in the 50-freestyle earlier in the meet with a time of 18.11 seconds.  In the final, Dressel took nearly a half second off his record with a time of 17.63 seconds.  

It is his fourth consecutive NCAA championship in that event.

Earlier in the session, Dressel swam the opening leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay for the Gators in a time of 17.81 seconds.

Dressel now holds the ten fastest times in 50-yard freestyle history with his win Thursday.